Feed the cat.
Pick up your toys.
Let’s get in the car and GO!
Such is our hurry-up world that even the tiniest toddler knows what it is to be Busy, Busy. Therefore, Eileen Spinelli’s board book is a tool in the hands of wise parents who know that our work, our rest, and our play all reside on one glorious continuum when our hearts practice the truth of Colossians 3:23:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Whimsical illustrations by Elina Ellis support the lively text which portrays the delight experienced by God’s creatures when they are doing the very things that he designed them to do:
“Bee is busy making honey.
Squirrel is busy stashing nuts.
Peacock’s busy looking handsome,
Feather’s blooming — how he struts!”
The Mommy who is busy in her garden at the story’s end knows the importance of inviting her little person to help out with a watering can, but the message is loud and clear:
” . . . she’d never be too busy for a cuddle-up with you!”
These are reassuring words for the small eyes and ears the book has been designed for, and they are also a gentle reminder to parents to turn off their devices, put down the pencil or the cookbook or the gardening tools and look that little person in the face. Listen to their words. Read them a story.
Busy, Busy! is a great book to usher in what my kids and I used to call “morning clean up.” After breakfast, everyone washed hands and faces, brushed teeth, and then we checked the chore chart to see what needed to be done that day. Even the smallest hands can water a plant, swipe a dust cloth across horizontal surfaces, or pick up her own toys.
God is always at work in His creation. Our work has its beginning in Him and is a gift from His hand. Busy, Busy! is a delightful way of teaching our children and grandchildren that along with the beaver and the cat and the “spider at her spinning,” when we are at work, “it is the Lord Christ we are serving.”
This book was provided by WorthyKids, an imprint of Worthy Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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